While the list of wide receivers that are injured and may affect your lineup decisions for Sunday is shorter than the RB injuries (list 1, list 2) and the QB/TE injuries, it doesn't mean fantasy owners won't be scouring the waiver wire. Some of the players on this list shouldn't be surprises, but that doesn't make lineup decisions any easier. Let's take a look at the wide receivers on the Week 3 injury report.
Note: if a time isn't indicated, the player is playing at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Probable – Head
On Wednesday's practice report, Hopkins showed up with a concussion. It isn't clear when the concussion happened, but he does need to go through the league's concussion protocol and be cleared before he can play, but the Probable designation is a good sign. The good news is that this is a 1 p.m. ET kickoff so fantasy owners should know early if they will have their WR1 or not.
Eric Decker, WR New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Questionable – Knee
Decker suffered a knee injury in Week 2 and he did not practice at all this past week. Typically when players don't practice, they don't play. Decker has said he isn't going to play until he's 100 percent, and the tea leaves suggest if he couldn't get in a limited practice on Friday, he's not going to be at 100 percent on Sunday. Brandon Marshall gets a boost, and fantasy owners should expect to be without Decker for Week 3. Watch the practice reports to see his status for Week 4.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans
Probable – Hamstring
After missing Week 1 and putting up a goose egg for fantasy owners in Week 2, Evans is set to play in Week 3. He's put in full practices this week and reportedly will not be on a snap count. He is a WR1 against a beatable Texans defense. Jameis Winston will soon learn that Evans is the go-to guy on the roster.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Probable – Ankle
While Cooks is battling an ankle injury that kept him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, he did put in a full practice on Friday. However, between the ankle injury and the Luke McCown factor, he's a WR3 this week. He had 62 yards in Week 2, which is higher than his 49 yards in Week 1. Until Drew Brees (shoulder) is back, try to find other options for WR if possible.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City (Monday, 8:30 p.m.)
Questionable - Ankle
Adams tweaked his ankle during Week 2's game, but was able to return to the game. He missed practice on Thursday, but put in a limited session on Friday. He was given the Questionable tag, but it appears that he will play on Monday. It's tough because the Packers don't play until Monday, but owners should feel fairly confident about penciling Adams into their lineups as a WR2.
Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal & Marquess Wilson, WRs, Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Out – Hamstring, Questionable – Back, Probable – Shoulder
Chicago’s offense is a M.A.S.H. unit right now with quarterback Jay Cutler out because of a hamstring injury and the wide receiver corps hobbling. Jeffery will miss a second straight game because of a hamstring injury, while Royal, who moves up to the No. 1 WR role in Jeffery’s absence, is Questionable with a back injury. Royal should play, same for Wilson, but neither should be counted on this week with Jimmy Clausen at quarterback and a hungry Seahawks defense back at home desperately wanting to get into the win column. If you have no other option, Royal is a WR4 at best this week.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.